Can I Apply For a Residency Visa While in Portugal?

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Many visitors fall in love with Portugal’s charm and decide they want to extend their stay indefinitely. And besides, who can go back home after trying authentic pastéis de nata? The thought of never leaving Portugal is appealing, but is it feasible? For EU/EEA/Swiss citizens, the answer is yes: they can apply for residency after … Read more

What is the Best Visa for Freelancers Moving to Portugal?

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Portugal has become a hotspot for freelancers from around the globe, thanks to its mild climate, vibrant culture, and, most importantly, attainable residency visas for non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. (EU/EEA/Swiss citizens have others ways for obtaining residency). If you’re a freelancer with a nationality from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland, figuring out the best visa option can be a … Read more

Can I Move to Portugal If I Have a Criminal Record?

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Thinking about moving to Portugal but worried your minor criminal record might be a problem? Concerned about the clean criminal record requirement for visas like the D7, D8, and golden visa? You’re not alone, and this is a common question that comes up in Portugalist webinars. The good news is that Portugal might be more … Read more

What is AIMA, the New Agency Replacing SEF?

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The establishment of the Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA) marks a new chapter in Portugal’s immigration policy. Replacing the former Portuguese Borders and Immigration Service (SEF), AIMA aims to streamline and humanise the process of managing immigration and asylum services. For those moving to Portugal, primarily from outside of the EU/EEA/Switzerland (i.e. those … Read more

Want to Move to Portugal? Here’s 10 Ways You Could Obtain Residency

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Over the past few years, you’ve probably heard a lot about Portugal. Thousands upon thousands of people are moving here to take advantage of the great weather, the lower cost of living, access to public healthcare, and all of the other benefits that come with living in an EU country. With that in mind, here … Read more

Investing in Funds for Portugal’s Golden Visa

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Portugal’s has one of the most popular golden visa programs in the world, and one of the ways that you can obtain this visa and obtain residency in Portugal is by investing in a qualifying fund (or funds), such as a private equity or venture capital fund. There are a number of qualifying funds, in … Read more

Anchorless Reviews – NIFs, Bank Accounts, & More

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Anchorless.io is one of several companies that help prospective expats with some of the administrative side of moving to Portugal, namely obtaining a NIF number, and Portuguese bank account. Other similar companies include Bordr, Novomove, E-Residence, and Visas.pt. Many of these companies offer similar services, however, one area in which Anchorless excels is through the … Read more

Novomove Reviews: NIFs, Bank Accounts, & More

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Novomove is one of several web-based companies that help prospective expats secure essential documents like a NIF number or open a Portuguese bank account. For non-EU residents, in particular, having these things is often necessary for a successful visa application (e.g. D7 application). Portugalist readers are able to get a €10 discount on any service … Read more

Can You Apply for the D7 Visa Without Passive Income?

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Portugal’s D7 visa is one of the most attainable ways that non-EU citizens can obtain residency in an EU country. Applicants only need to have as much as the Portuguese minimum wage which, as of 2024, is €820 per month. But one of the challenging aspects of the visa is that the income needs to … Read more